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After a 35-year Navy career, Admiral Kidd was the highest ranking officer to be killed during the attack on Pearl Harbor.

Conflict Period:
World War II 1
Branch:
Navy 1
Rank:
Rear Admiral 2
Birth:
26 Mar 1884 2
Cleveland, Ohio 3
Death:
07 Dec 1941 2
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Full Name:
Isaac Campbell Kidd 4
Birth:
26 Mar 1884 2
Cleveland, Ohio 3
Death:
07 Dec 1941 2
Death:
1941 4
Pearl Harbor, Hawaii 4
Cause: Killed in action on board the USS Arizona 2
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Birth:
Mother: Jemina Campbell 5
Father: Isaac Kidd 5
Marriage:
Inez Nellie Gilmore Kidd 6
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World War II 1

Branch:
Navy 1
Rank:
Rear Admiral 2
Commands held:
Battleship Division One 3
Flag ship:
USS Arizona 3
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Employment:
Employer: Navy 4
Position: Rear Admiral - RADM 4
Start Date: 1906 2
End Date: 1941 2
Education:
Institution: US Naval Academy 3
Place: Annapolis, Maryland 3
From: 1902 3
To: 1906 3

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Medal of Honor citation: "For conspicuous devotion to duty, extraordinary courage, and complete disregard of his own life, during the attack on the Fleet in Pearl Harbor, Territory of Hawaii, by Japanese Forces on December 7, 1941. He immediately went to the bridge and as Commander Battleship Division ONE, courageously discharged his duties as Senior Officer Present Afloat until the USS ARIZONA, his Flagship, blew up from magazine explosions and a direct bomb hit on the bridge, which resulted in the loss of his life."

I served with Isaac Campbell Kidd, Jr. as a new U.S. Navy Yoeman on the J-5 Plans and Ops staff at CINCPAC, Camp H.M. Smith, Hawaii 1958-1960. I was just 18. "Ike" junior honored his father with an outstanding Naval career of his own, becoming a 4 star Admiral and narrowly missed becoming CNO himself. He had a great influence on my life. I met his son once when I gave him a ride home from Punahou School. I believe he had a good Naval career as well, I think rising to the rank of Captain. A great family. Lou Miles LTC, U.S. Army (Ret.) Salt Lake City, Utah

Death at Pearl Harbor

Pearl Harbor, Hawaii

Excerted from the USS Kidd Veterans Memorial website:

"In September 1938, Capt. Kidd assumed command of the battleship ARIZONA, serving until February 1940. He was then designated Commander Battleship Division ONE and Chief of Staff and Aide to Commander Battleships, Battle Force, with the accompanying rank of Rear Admiral. RADM Kidd was serving in that billet when the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941. In the attack, RADM Kidd became the first flag officer to lose his life in World War II, and the first in the U.S. Navy to meet death in action against any foreign enemy. He was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor."

(http://www.usskidd.com/)

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